If you’re looking for a great hands-on math center, this "Gingerbread House - Design & Graph" product is perfect for your primary age students! Students choose materials from a wide variety of bright and appealing candy clip art, then cut and glue an original design onto a blackline gingerbread house. When the gingerbread house is complete, students count the candy and record their results on a bar graph, then answer several questions about their graph. Differentiation options are included, so you may choose the method and/or variation that best suits the learning needs of your students. You may pick and choose, adapting the following activities,once you have prepared the following materials:.
- For a math center:
Cut out all the candy (glued to cardstock and laminated for durability is an option for repeated use), keeping each set separate in a manilla envelope or Ziplock bag along with a copy of the blackline gingerbread house that has been glued to cardstock and laminated, a recording sheet, & a tens frame sheet (with 2 tens frames, which limits the students to 20 pieces of candy to decorate with - a manageable “count” when graphing).
- For partner or independent seatwork or guided lesson:
Give each child a copy of the blackline gingerbread house , a recording sheet, the worksheet/s displaying the candy that goes with the graph (to be cut out by the students) and questions you would like to use, and the tens frame sheet if you choose to use it.
The first graph activity should be done as a guided lesson, and suggestions are given in the packet. Depending on your grade level and the experience your students have had with bar graphs, you may choose to continue with a supported lesson, or give directions for independent seatwork or the center activity.
An optional component of the activities is a set of 2 tens frames with which your students practice "making ten" with their candy prior to decorating the house. The tens frame appear to be set in a winter scene with a sleigh and a gingerbread house in the background. When the students are done filling their tens frames, they imagine that the sleigh is taking their candy to the gingerbread house for decoration.
When you feel your students are ready, they will have the opportunity to complete 6 "decorate and graph" activities. These activities are explained in detail in the preview and in the first two pages of the product. I encourage you to take time to look at the preview to get a good idea of the really fun materials included.
- Example pages:
One decorated gingerbread house
A bar graph illustrating the number of candies/goodies used to decorate the house
A worksheet with questions about the example bar graph-this is not completed – I recommend filling this in together as a directed lesson so your students become familiar with the format and are better able to complete the houses, bar graphs, and questions for graphs #2- #5 independently. Note that the “What is th difference…” question is “tricky” & will need your help!
- A Recording Sheet – space to record equations for Graphs #1 - #5 (#1 is done as an example) structured with an icon for the candy used and a box above it to write the number of that candy on the house.
- A blackline master of a gingerbread house to be used repeatedly
- A “tens frame” page (optional) - includes 2 tens frames as explained above
- Bar graphs #2 - #5 (2 pages each -1 graph & 1 candy to cut & glue) Each graph has specific candy to cut and use to decorate the house with the candy icons already on the graph, as well as questions to be answered about their gingerbread house graph when it is complete.
- Bar graph #6- This bar graph designates 10 candies to be used, but is full-page sized with no questions.
- Bar graph #7- This is a bar graph with space for eight different candies to be recorded, but instead of the pictures already on the graph, students cut and glue the candies used by cutting off a strip on the right side of the page.
- 4 pages of candy and goodies to reproduce & use as you choose
Please take a look at the preview and leave feedback if possible. I truly appreciate the comments I receive from my colleagues as I continue to design instructional material.
If this product meets your students' instructional needs, you may want to take a look at my store by clicking below. I have many K-5th grade products in a variety of subject areas.
You may also like these other holiday themed K-2 products:
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Gingerbread House Math - Design & Graph
by Amy Bratsos
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